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Ubuntu Mailing Lists

An up-to-date, full page of mailing lists for Ubuntu can be found at http://lists.ubuntu.com/ where users can see a list of available lists, view archived discussions, and can subscribe to lists through a Web interface. Table 8-1 presents the mailing lists organized by topic areas.

Table 8-1. General Ubuntu Lists

List Name

Description

ubuntu-accessibility

Ubuntu accessibility team

ubuntu-announce

Ubuntu announcements

ubuntu-art

Discussion on Ubuntu artwork

ubuntu-backports

Backports discussions

ubuntu-desktop

Desktop team coordination and discussion

ubuntu-devel

Ubuntu developer discussion

ubuntu-devel-announce

Developer-related announcements and information

ubuntu-doc

Documentation team coordination and discussion

ubuntu-doc-commits

Ubuntu documentation team commits

ubuntu-hardened

Ubuntu Linux proactive security deployment and development

kernel-bugs

Kernel bugs tracking

kernel-team

Kernel team discussions

laptop-devel

Laptop-specific development

laptop-testing-team

Ubuntu laptop testing

loco-contacts

Ubuntu local community team (LoCo) contacts

ubuntu-marketing

Discussion on community-based marketing of Ubuntu

ubuntu-marketing

Announcements, feedback, and discussion for Ubuntu mirror maintainers

ubuntu-mirrors

List for those mirroring Ubuntu FTP archives

ubuntu-mono

Packaging Mono for Ubuntu

ubuntu-motu

Mailing list of the Masters of the Universe

ubuntu-news

Interesting news about Ubuntu for users and developers

ubuntu-security-announce

Ubuntu security announcements

sounder

Ubuntu community random chit-chat list

technical-board

Technical board members list

ubuntu-translators

Discussion about translating Ubuntu

ubuntu-users

Ubuntu help and user discussions

ubuntu-women

Ubuntu women

 

Ubuntu Bugs and Notification Lists (not discussion lists)

ubuntu-changes-auto

 Archive upload notification list, for automated uploads to all Ubuntu releases

ubuntu-bugs

Ubuntu bug tracker changes—HIGH VOLUME

desktop-bugs

Desktop bug tracker changes—HIGH VOLUME

kubuntu-bugs

Kubuntu bug tracker changes

universe-bugs

Universe bug tracker changes—HIGH VOLUME

warty-changes

Warty Warthog archive upload notification list

hoary-changes

Hoary Hedgehog archive upload notification list

breezy-changes

Breezy Badger archive upload notification list

dapper-changes

Dapper Drake archive upload notification list

 

Subproject Lists

edubuntu-devel

Edubuntu developer discussion

kubuntu-devel

Kubuntu developer discussion

kubuntu-users

Kubuntu help and user discussions

xubuntu-devel

Xubuntu development discussion

 

Infrastructure Development and Support Lists

bazaar

User and development discussion about the Bazaar distributed revision control system

bazaar-announce

Announcements for the Bazaar project

bazaar-commits

Bazaar repository commit notification

bazaar-ng

Bazaar-ng discussion

hct

Discussion about the Hypothetical Changeset tool

launchpad-users

Discussion for Launchpad users

rosetta-users

Rosetta user discussion

 

Other Lists

security-review

Discussion about resolving security vulnerabilities

Lists are one of the oldest forms of communication by e-mail. A mailing list provides a single e-mail address that, when mailed to, will then relay the received message to a large number of people. In Ubuntu, lists are topical, and individuals can subscribe to a mailing list if they want to receive information on the list's topic. All mailing lists at Ubuntu are hosted at lists.ubuntu.com . If you would like to send a message to a list, simply e-mail <mailing list name>@lists.ubuntu.com while replacing <mailing list name> with the name of the list you are trying to mail.

With a few exceptions (e.g., the technical board e-mail list), anybody can subscribe to any Ubuntu list. In most cases, the capability to send e-mail to lists is restricted to list members (membership in lists is, of course, open to anyone). This means that all e-mail sent to a list from someone who is not a member of that list is put into a queue to be reviewed by a human "moderator" before it is broadcast to list members. This is done as an anti-spam measure. Users can subscribe to lists and then configure the system to never send e-mail. For several e-mail lists, all messages are moderated. This is largely to ensure that lists remain "low volume" or "announcement only."

Ubuntu's mailing lists are run by the popular Mailman software, which may be familiar to some users. Mailman makes it simple to subscribe to lists, to unsubscribe, and to configure any number of options about mail delivery. One popular option is to receive a daily "digest" of messages rather than a separate e-mail each time a new message is sent. This is all available through a Web interface at http://lists.ubuntu.com. Users can also subscribe to lists by sending an e-mail with "subscribe" in the subject line to <mailing list name>-REQUEST@lists.ubuntu.com.

While each list plays an important role in the Ubuntu community, a few central lists warrant a little more detail and may be a good idea for users to consider subscribing to. These are detailed below.


   ubuntu-announce

This fully moderated list relays all important announcements for the Ubuntu project and usually contains less than one e-mail per week. It is the first place where new releases are announced and where other important information can be found first. If you use Ubuntu, you may want to consider subscribing to this list. If you only subscribe to one list, this should be it.


   ubuntu-devel-announce

This fully moderated list contains announcements related to the development of Ubuntu. It is low volume and contains one to three e-mails per week. If you work with code in Ubuntu, use a development release, or contribute on any technical level, you should be on this list. If you are at all involved in development for Ubuntu, this (in addition to ubuntu-announce) is the list you must subscribe to.


   ubuntu-users

This is a primarily support-oriented list for questions and answers that Ubuntu users have. It is a very high-volume list, but it is an excellent place to ask questions and have them answered. It is a useful general-purpose list for discussion of any issue that pertains primarily to using Ubuntu.


   ubuntu-devel

This list is the primary site for general purpose discussion of Ubuntu development. If you are looking to contribute to Ubuntu in any technical way, you should subscribe to this list and begin to follow the discussion. The list is relatively high volume.


   sounder

Sounder is the unmoderated community "chitchat" list. Sounder is the collective noun to describe a group of "Warthogs" and was initially the e-mail list that supported the small, invite-only group of users who tested the Ubuntu 4.10 Warty Warthog release before it was announced to the world. The list has been kept for historical reasons under the old name but now provides a venue for the discussion of anything that is "off topic" in the other venues. It frequently hosts discussion of Ubuntu news, events, advocacy, and activism and is an important list for any community member who is participating and contributing to Ubuntu in less technical ways.

Internet Relay Chat (IRC)

While mailing lists provide the primary venue for asynchronous communication (i.e., not at the same time), there is still an important need for synchronous, or real-time, collaboration. Internet relay chat (IRC) fills this niche. While it was designed primarily for group (i.e., many-to-many) communication in "channels," it is also equipped with private messaging capabilities that facilitate one-to-one communication—all instantaneously. It is very similar to instant messaging or chat-room style communication. While time zones and a round globe make it difficult for the global Ubuntu community to meet at the same time, many users and developers take advantage of IRC's capability to let anyone chat about an issue in real time or to ask a question and have it answered immediately.

Like mailing lists, IRC channels provide a venue for a variety of different types of communication in a variety of different subcommunities in Ubuntu. There are many different channels, including channels in a variety of languages. A complete list as of the time of this writing is included below.

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